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The Sound

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Post-punk

The Sound’s inability to break through to the type of ’80s post-punk prominence reserved for the likes of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, the two bands the Sound fell in between sound-wise, isn’t all that easy to explain away. When a deserving band fails at to become something of a household name, the easy targets are normally fingered…

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Mission of Burma

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Post-punk

Of all the punk-inspired bands that came out of Boston in the early 80s, none were better than Mission of Burma. Arty without being too pretentious, capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, they galvanized the city’s alternative rock scene and set a standard for excellence that has rarely been equalled…

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Cliff Bennett
& The Rebel Rousers

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues, ROCK/POP

One of the most formidable talents not to ascend to the top rank of British rock & roll during the mid-’60s; except for a pair of hits some two years apart, he missed a lot of the success that most onlookers would have pegged him for, though he fostered a lot of good careers in the people who passed through his band…

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Gary Shearston

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Contemporary Folk, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

Gary Shearston, singer-songwriter, was also proficient on guitar and harmonica. He moved with his family to Sydney at the age of 12, after his father’s farm was destroyed by drought. By the time Shearston was 19 he was a professional singer performing traditional Australian music in pubs, clubs and on radio and television…

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Slapp Happy

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 in 70s, Experimental, Prog Rock

Avant-pop cult favorites Slapp Happy formed in Hamburg in 1972; there vocalist Dagmar Krause, a veteran of the folk group the City Preachers, first met British experimental composer Anthony Moore… and New York-born guitarist Peter Blegvad to form Slapp Happy…

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Ned Miller

Posted on Nov 23, 2017 in Country, Singer/Songwriter

Ned Miller was born in Raines, Utah, and started writing songs and singing at local parties and on the radio when he was only 16. After his discharge from the Marines, he worked at several jobs before moving to California in 1956 to become a full-time songwriter…

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Nina Simone

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 in 60s, Gospel, JAZZ, Rhythm & Blues, Singer/Songwriter, SOUL

Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of her generation, and also one of the most eclectic. Simone was a singer, pianist, and songwriter who bent genres to her will rather than allowing herself to be confined by their boundaries; her work swung back and forth between jazz, blues, soul…

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George Michael

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 in 80s, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

George Michael was the biggest British pop star of the 1980s, spinning a series of infectiously catchy pop singles into global stardom that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide. Blessed with good looks, a fine voice, and a knack for writing engaging melodies that worked well with dance-friendly rhythms…

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Harold Dorman

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Harold Kenneth Dorman was born in Drew, Mississippi. He wrote a song called “Mountain of Love”, which he released as a single in 1960 on the Rita record label. The song became a hit in the U.S., reaching No. 7 on the R&B singles chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though it was Dorman’s only hit record, it proved to be a popular song for covers…

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Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Punk

In 1977, Penetration released a classic chunk of punk rock defiance titled “Don’t Dictate.” With Pauline Murray’s impassioned vocals (sounding a bit like X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene) leading the way, this was a blazing piece of anti-authoritarian rant: loud, snotty, and proud…

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